Northern Water, environmental groups settle legal battle over Chimney Hollow Reservoir โ€“ Greeley Tribune

 Northern Water, environmental groups settle legal battle over Chimney Hollow Reservoir โ€“ Greeley Tribune

DENVER โ€” The Northern Water Municipal Subdistrict has reached an agreement with a cadre of environmental groups to settle federal litigation to halt plans to build the Chimney Hollow Reservoir west of Berthoud, ending 18 years of fighting and litigation over the project.

In a statement, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District said it will pay $15 million over multiple years to the Grand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to Colorado River watershed protection in Grand County. In exchange, Save the Colorado, Save the Poudre, WildEarth Guardians, Living Rivers, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Colorado Sierra Club will drop their joint lawsuit that was most recently brought into the federal appeals court in February.

In that suit, the groups argued that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers incorrectly…

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